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Adrian CuartaAdrian Cuarta, Director, Physical Plant Division, is retiring from USF after 31 years of outstanding service to the university. Adrian began his career at USF on October 13, 1980 in the position of Utilities Superintendent III. Through the years, he held a number of positions within the division, including Superintendent of Facilities and Senior Assistant Director. In recognition of his many contributions and his leadership skills, Adrian was promoted to Director in January of 1987.


Most of us take for granted the services provided by the Physical Plant team. Who ensures the lights are on? The air condition is running? The grounds, plants and trees are attended to? The classrooms and campus are spruced up for the start of each semester? The list goes on. As director, Adrian was dedicated to ensuring the campus buildings and grounds were properly maintained and enhanced. Through his leadership, he instilled in his team a sense of pride in their work and a desire to provide a great campus experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors.


Adrian's last official day at the university will be November 30th. He has been a staunch supporter of USF throughout his years at the university and will be greatly missed. Please join us in wishing Adrian the very best in his retirement!



Human Resources employees Debbie Hankey, Carol Sands, and Pat Geisler were recognized at the 2011 TRAIN Awards Luncheon for their contributions to the TRAIN initiative. The awards are given annually by TRAIN (The Research Administration Improvement Network), the Office of Research & Innovation, and the Office of the Provost. The awards are designed to recognize those that have significantly contributed to the TRAIN initiative.


The Exceptional Support and Commitment Awards were presented to Debbie Hankey, Payroll Accounting Manager, and Carol Sands, Payroll Accounting Specialist, for their participation in a TRAIN workgroup that developed the Pay Distribution for Research Administration Workshop. Pat Geisler, Learning & Development Facilitator, was recognized as a 2011 TRAIN Award Nominee for her participation and instruction in multiple TRAIN workgroups.


Please join us in congratulating Debbie, Carol and Pat on receiving this recognition! Pictured here from left to right with USF President Judy Genshaft are Debbie, Carol and Pat.

Environmental Health & Safety Office Decorated

(Pictured left to right: Debbie, Carol and Pat with USF President Judy Genshaft.)



We know there are some really creative folks in Administrative Services and we’re counting on you to rally the troops in your department and submit an entry into the annual display contest held in conjunction with the 2011 Holiday Party. The theme for this year’s Administrative Services and Business & Finance holiday party is "Holiday on Gingerbread Lane."


Entries will be judged on overall appearance, creative use of materials, creative use of color, originality, ingenuity of the design and relevance to the "Gingerbread Lane" theme. This year’s categories are: Most Beautiful, Funniest or Gingerbread HouseMost Amusing, Most Colorful, Most Creative, Best Depiction of Department’s Mission Statement, Judge’s Favorite, and People’s Choice Award (Overall Favorite as voted on by those attending the holiday party).


Departments submitting an entry to the annual display contest must notify Christine Chefalas by email (chefalas@usf.edu) or telephone (974-4037) by 5:00 pm on Monday, December 12th, in order to ensure that a sufficient number of tables are set up for the entries. Click here for Official Display Contest Rules, as well as the program of events, a list of door prizes, donors and more. We look forward to some great display entries and to seeing you at the holiday party on December 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Marshall Student Center.



Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who participated in "Pink Fridays" during the month of October. It was terrific to see such wonderful support shown for all those courageous "Pink Warriors" in our lives and to help bring awareness to the importance of breast cancer screening.


It also provided a great opportunity for folks across the various units in Administrative Services to meet new colleagues, to catch up with friends, and to share inspiring stories about those dear to us who have faced the challenges of breast cancer. In the continued spirit of sharing, here are some photos from "Pink Fridays" events.

Employees dressed in pink



Trees on USF CampusWe are pleased to announce that the USF Tampa Campus has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA university. The Tree Campus USA program recognizes colleges and universities that effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy urban forests, and strive to engage their student population utilizing learning opportunities centered on campus, community, and forestry efforts. To be recognized, the USF Tampa Campus met five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement.


Our sincere thanks to the Facilities Planning & Construction and Physical Plant teams who were instrumental in the USF Tampa Campus receiving this national recognition.